I welcome compulsory desexing and microchipping of cats. As a person who has worked in cat welfare for many years I support any plan that reduces the indiscriminate breeding of cats. I am pleased to see the draft Bruny Island Cat By-law is taking steps for the benefit of cats and for the environment. However I do question when so many cats need to be housed that a limit of only 2 is being applied per household with a permit being possible to apply for more. I question what happens to an owner who is already housing 4 cats and a permit is not given due to a neighbour objecting? This could occur even if the cats are kept on the premises. As an example I live on approx 300acres. To get a permit a public notice would be lodged and any adjoining neighbour within 200 m of my boundary may object. Considering the geographics this could mean up to 20 neighbours the closest being 500m possibly objecting. For the average suburban block most would only have 3 direct neighbours that may have input.
I question how the figure of 2 cats was attained before a permit was needed. I believe a more reasonable figure for cat ownership should be at least 4. By housing larger numbers of cats contributes to reducing the large volume in care by animal welfare groups.